These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri


We analyzed over 118 places in Missouri to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Missouri.

But where exactly in Missouri? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Missouri that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in St. Ann don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Show Me State to retire:

  1. St. Ann (Photos)
  2. Florissant (Photos)
  3. St. John
  4. Bellefontaine Neighbors (Photos)
  5. Overland (Photos)
  6. Ferguson (Photos)
  7. Shrewsbury
  8. Jennings (Photos)
  9. Berkeley (Photos)
  10. Hazelwood (Photos)

Why did St. Ann take the top spot? And where are St. Louis and Springfield?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Missouri.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State

To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 118 places from across the state.

For these 118, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 118, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case St. Ann, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. St. Ann

St. Ann, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,931
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,126
St. Ann ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 39th place safety rank.

2. Florissant

Florissant, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,218
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,934
Florissant ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 9th place rank for cost of living and it’s 32nd place safety rank.

3. St. John


Population: 6,459
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,746
St. John ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 74th place safety rank.

4. Bellefontaine Neighbors

Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,785
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,291
Bellefontaine Neighbors ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 61st place safety rank.

5. Overland

Overland, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,932
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,123
Overland ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 7th place rank for cost of living and it’s 81st place safety rank.

6. Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,035
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,429
Ferguson ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 95th place safety rank.

7. Shrewsbury


Population: 6,197
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,242
Shrewsbury ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 89th place rank for cost of living and it’s 10th place safety rank.

8. Jennings

Jennings, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,749
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,407
Jennings ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 9th place rank for cost of living and it’s 106th place safety rank.

9. Berkeley

Berkeley, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,068
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,613
Berkeley ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 98th place safety rank.

10. Hazelwood

Hazelwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,604
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,511
Hazelwood ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 70th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to St. Ann.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Branson
  • West Plains
  • Warrenton

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Missouri

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
St. Ann 1 12,931 79 1 2,126
Florissant 2 52,218 80 4 1,934
St. John 3 6,459 77 2 3,746
Bellefontaine Neighbors 4 10,785 76 7 3,291
Overland 5 15,932 79 3 4,123
Ferguson 6 21,035 77 3 5,429
Shrewsbury 7 6,197 96 11 1,242
Jennings 8 14,749 80 5 6,407
Berkeley 9 9,068 76 1 5,613
Hazelwood 10 25,604 81 3 3,511
Glendale 11 5,917 121 10 878
Bonne Terre 12 7,109 83 57 520
Webster Groves 13 23,111 107 11 1,176
Clayton 14 16,034 157 7 1,740
Ballwin 15 30,431 107 14 716
Manchester 16 18,183 103 13 1,633
O’Fallon 17 84,018 100 18 1,355
St. Charles 18 68,341 94 8 2,668
Crestwood 19 11,941 96 13 1,942
St. Louis 20 316,030 84 10 7,995
Gladstone 21 26,562 91 10 3,049
Ellisville 22 9,188 105 16 990
Savannah 23 5,103 87 44 999
St. Peters 24 55,820 95 12 2,162
Creve Coeur 25 18,072 129 7 1,433
Bowling Green 26 5,464 83 60 2,306
Kirkwood 27 27,614 107 12 1,886
Maryville 28 11,957 88 72 1,605
Maryland Heights 29 27,359 91 5 2,072
Raytown 30 29,366 85 24 4,634
Olivette 31 7,830 110 5 2,413
Grain Valley 32 13,273 95 33 1,634
Brentwood 33 8,030 96 9 3,810
Maplewood 34 7,948 90 9 7,523
Cameron 35 10,150 89 40 1,832
Blue Springs 36 53,641 94 30 2,714
Greenwood 37 5,474 95 37 748
Battlefield 38 5,920 88 153 1,604
Chesterfield 39 47,717 125 12 1,601
Grandview 40 25,126 87 30 3,725
Lake St. Louis 41 15,150 104 22 2,085
Wentzville 42 34,176 100 27 1,588
Festus 43 11,929 92 36 2,548
Chillicothe 44 9,199 83 70 2,174
Marshall 45 12,984 82 81 2,841
Richmond Heights 46 8,486 104 8 5,750
Nixa 47 20,520 90 155 1,666
Charleston 48 5,855 78 73 3,432
Caruthersville 49 5,941 81 21 5,453
Pevely 50 5,616 89 31 2,154
St. Joseph 51 76,901 85 32 6,040
Arnold 52 21,196 92 22 3,840
Dexter 53 7,934 82 57 3,403
Smithville 54 9,069 97 10 1,014
Kennett 55 10,500 84 19 10,114
Carl Junction 56 7,634 87 100 1,860
Ladue 57 8,579 197 7 1,457
Oak Grove 58 7,844 90 37 2,231
Troy 59 11,374 93 35 2,699
Trenton 60 5,946 81 80 2,270
Lee’S Summit 61 94,257 106 31 1,993
Town And Country 62 11,001 176 9 1,090
Belton 63 23,236 92 34 3,572
Warrensburg 64 19,932 92 64 3,471
Excelsior Springs 65 11,480 86 25 3,736
Pacific 66 6,246 88 27 2,897
Liberty 67 30,239 96 16 2,030
Independence 68 117,217 88 24 6,021
Oak Grove 69 7,844 90 55 2,231
Kearney 70 9,259 99 19 1,328
Des Peres 71 8,507 131 11 4,267
Moberly 72 13,867 81 120 3,115
Perryville 73 8,374 87 75 2,101
Park Hills 74 8,666 82 64 2,273
De Soto 75 6,466 88 43 4,345
Farmington 76 17,881 89 66 4,658
Eureka 77 10,497 103 22 1,714
Washington 78 14,012 95 37 3,461
Mexico 79 11,622 81 85 3,407
Pleasant Hill 80 8,272 101 41 1,317
Carthage 81 14,247 81 108 4,021
Raymore 82 20,107 101 36 1,850
Parkville 83 6,124 130 5 1,877
Rolla 84 19,904 87 93 4,516
Kirksville 85 17,592 84 108 3,302
Sedalia 86 21,441 83 89 7,014
Republic 87 15,766 85 152 2,226
Poplar Bluff 88 17,198 83 61 9,192
Jackson 89 14,641 97 99 1,782
Bridgeton 90 11,698 88 3 7,753
Marshfield 91 6,958 82 166 5,044
Hannibal 92 17,707 83 86 5,190
Willard 93 5,447 86 155 1,689
Fulton 94 12,886 87 85 3,391
Ozark 95 18,867 90 158 3,201
Macon 96 5,463 83 123 2,800
Boonville 97 8,397 85 107 3,918
Joplin 98 51,231 83 97 8,215
Springfield 99 165,138 84 159 8,840
Sunset Hills 100 8,515 122 15 2,536
Columbia 101 117,165 95 106 3,753
Aurora 102 7,473 82 131 7,252
Harrisonville 103 10,002 91 48 3,509
Neosho 104 12,144 81 93 4,924
Union 105 10,813 90 39 5,391
Bolivar 106 10,592 84 136 5,475
Sullivan 107 6,838 85 56 6,200
Richmond 108 5,638 89 39 5,108
Cape Girardeau 109 39,200 90 95 5,150
Union 110 10,813 90 59 5,391
Monett 111 8,954 87 119 3,964
Nevada 112 8,388 79 102 7,522
Clinton 113 8,989 85 81 6,096
Sikeston 114 16,464 84 66 7,883
Lebanon 115 14,652 85 144 4,681
Warrenton 116 8,077 91 41 6,165
West Plains 117 12,259 86 119 6,183
Branson 118 11,158 99 149 11,373

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